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32 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

I learnt French from a native English speaker.

Thais are unique... If looking to learn both English and French, better chance learning it from a Cambodian than a Thai. 
Which should actually make Thailand feel ashamed as they do have a huge education budget etc etc.

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On 2/15/2020 at 7:00 PM, Jare said:

 

 In the UK, teachers now get a promise of 30,000GBP a year starting salary if they're clever, that's a bit more than 30,000THB a month.

Even though true, it isn't really a fair comparison. UK qualified teachers in Thailand aren't earning 30,000THB / month. They will be working in international schools who generally pay more than UK schools with a lot of added benefits that you do not get teaching there (relocation allowance, housing allowance, annual flights, bonus, free lunch, free school for children etc). I take home considerably more per year working in an international school in Bangkok than I did when I was teaching in England. 

 

The problem for the TEFL 'English' teachers here earning 30,000 - 40,000THB is that it isn't going to be anywhere near enticing in this day and age. However, those salaries never seem to change according to what people say so the machine just keeps on churning without any quality at all. 

 

Fair play to the people who are doing it for that money and trying to make a difference in Thai schools. It must not be easy I imagine. 

 

 

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On 2/15/2020 at 6:50 PM, Denim said:

There is a big pool of untapped chavs cluttering up the UK who will jump at this......innit.

Will there be subtitles so the kids can understand whatever language they're mumbling? 😂

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Waste of time and money they can speak English because they're thick as pig s@#t.

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13 hours ago, baansgr said:

Quite simple let NES retirees teach that have a lifetime experience, a passion for their community and a real desire to contribute to Thai esucation. Apsrt from already being based in Thailand probably for a long time and some understanding of Thai culture, surely beats any crappy ology degrees most youngsters get now that just want to spend a gap year travelling. They really are overlooking a vast untapped pool of potential teachers.

A lot of people think they can teach English just because they are English. If that were the case, then I would not have spent four years reading for an English degree along with the £45,000 of student debt that came along with my qualification. What you are advocating if for non-qualified people to work for free and take away the jobs of qualified English teachers.  Sure, they can do it so long as they have a degree and a TEFL or Celta, along with a police check!

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4 minutes ago, MRDave said:

A lot of people think they can teach English just because they are English. If that were the case, then I would not have spent four years reading for an English degree along with the £45,000 of student debt that came along with my qualification. What you are advocating if for non-qualified people to work for free and take away the jobs of qualified English teachers.  Sure, they can do it so long as they have a degree and a TEFL or Celta, along with a police check!

Sounds to me that a teacher who has a education debt of 45K GBP, deciding to teach in Thailand for like 40-50K baht a month and not build up pension plus losing on the social welfare pension by not living and working back home, isn't exactly a smart move at all.... Would be stupid actually.

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45 minutes ago, Humpy said:

Please select English speaking teachers without an English regional accent , good diction and no American twang !!.... or am I asking too much ?

 

 

As a Geordiie. I speak Geordie to my friends and family. When I use the phone or speak to people not from my area I speak BBC English. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/may/12/trainee-teachers-from-northern-england-told-to-modify-their-accents

 

https://www.tes.com/magazine/article/teacher-does-your-accent-matter

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On 2/15/2020 at 6:50 PM, TheDark said:

64.000.000 baht / 3.000 new teacher = 21300 baht / new teacher. I guess that 64 million is price of the project / hiring cost. 

 

 

Maybe he needs a few Maths Teachers too and will all of these folks have HEALTH INSURANCE ?

 

The Government has just embarked on  ANOTHER round of ejecting White Foreigners from the FOREIGN HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME.
It is only open to “Foreigners from neighbouring countries.” 

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12 minutes ago, ParkerN said:

 

Amen. But then, did you *really* not expect exactly that?

Actually, having been in the system for three years during which time I did contract work for public schools (Teach-the-Teacher programs).
Thai culture is highly risk adverse and resistant to change.  New methods are viewed with suspension as well as the farang outsiders who teach using methods other than rote teaching.  And being a Westerner, I don't pay the proper deference to authority figures based on their status and standing.  Nor do I care to.
 

Soooo, - I expected exactly that.  I honestly did try to show them the light.  <laughs> 

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3 hours ago, paulikens said:

try and apply for some of them, it definitely matters what age you are, you'll find out they don't want NES unless you are under 25 and good looking, these schools are deluded

 

I have either worked at, had offers from, been shortlisted or know HoD from all those schools save for Harrow (which I have no interest in working and is intl British curriculum school). The earliest those jobs, offers, discussions were made was when I was 54. In fact, I've worked at or working at equal and better. The age thing is a total myth although some schools may not hire you past 60, many will keep you on. It's your appearance, energy, motivation, professionslism. I've never had problems landing great schools in Bangkok.

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